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Nathan Lyon Told Me To Enjoy Bowling With A Smile: Kuldeep Yadav Reveals Interaction With Australia Spinner


Kuldeep Yadav, the Indian spinner is not having the best time as a player. Neither he had a good season of IPL 2020 with the ball nor he has done enough to get picked in the team. He was part of the Test squad that locked horns with Australia. But, he didn’t get a single game to play. However, the Indian chinaman looks motivated and said that he has learned a lot from Nathan Lyon and Ravi Ashwin on a tour to Australia.


A sudden dip in bowling form is one of the basic reasons behind Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion from the Indian side. He was out of form during the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League due to which he warmed the bench for the majority of the tournament.

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Kuldeep Yadav Speaks About The Lesson He Got From Nathan Lyon And Ravi Ashwin

Kuldeep Yadav says the pressure will be on the spinners

During an interaction, Kuldeep Yadav said that he learned few things from Nathan Lyon. He also revealed that Nathan Lyon has asked him to follow his routine and work on his weakness. As per him, the Aussie spinner also wants him to be a bit more expressive.

“I did speak quite a lot to Nathan Lyon. I asked him about his routines. He told me he maintains simple drills, what his skills are, how he runs the fingers over the ball while spinning, which is his strength. He asked me to follow my routines, find the spot where I should be pitching and enjoy my bowling with a smile.

Also, Kuldeep Yadav has a discussion with none other than Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin. And, the latter taught him some important lessons on how to prepare plans while bowling respective batsmen.

“He (Ashwin) has given me quite a few ideas. He said at times I should quicken my rhythm, try bowling straighter, make slight tactical changes. He has a lot of knowledge not just about bowling but also game plans. During the Australia tour, we spoke about plans for the England series – if Joe Root is batting, which fielders should be close, what areas to bowl. When he did not play in Brisbane I had good discussions with him,” Kuldeep Yadav told ESPNcricinfo.

“Personally I felt the 2020 IPL did not go well for me. I should have played more matches. I felt I was in pretty good rhythm, I was bowling well, but just that I did not get many overs. So, perhaps, if I got more opportunities then it would have been good. I am not saying that was the lowest, to be honest.

“Even in 2019, I did not have a good IPL. Until you fail, you can’t handle the pressure. Now I feel I understand things better – I have seen failure in my life now, so even if I don’t perform, it will not be new. In cricket, you can’t perform at all times, but if you carry on doing the hard work, you create better chances to become successful,” Kuldeep Yadav said.

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